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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: "Johnson ezeh" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 11:48:57 +0100
Subject: confidential and top secret.
Foreign Remittance department
Standard Trust Bank Plc.
Reply To My Private Email:email@example.com
First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction this is by virtue
of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret.
I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day.We have decided
to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction, Let me start by introducing
myself properly to you. I am the manager Bills and Exchange of Foreign Remittance
department of Standard Trust Bank Plc(STB Headquarters Lagos,Nigeria) In
accordance with Federal Government Policies on initialization Law on company
and Allied matters of Jan 1997.I am writing you this letter to ask for your
support and co-operation to carry out this transaction.We discovered an abandoned
sum of US$14.5 million in an account that belongs to one of our big Foreign
The Late Engineer,an oil Merchant and contractor with The Federal Government
of Nigeria,until his death in a plane crash year ago in Kenya Air Bus (A310
- 300)Flight KQ430,along side his entire family, was banking with us at Standard
Trust Bank Plc.
Since this development, we have advertised for his next of kin or any close
relation to come forward to claim this money,but nobody came to apply for
the claim.To this effect, I and two other officials in my department, have
decided to look for a trusted foreign partner who can stand in as the next
of kin to the deceased and claim this money.
We need a foreign partner to apply for the claim because of the fact that
the customer was a foreigner and we don't want this money to go into the
Banks Treasury as unclaimed fund.
Every document to affect this process will emanate from my table and I will
perfect every document to be in accordance with the banking law and guidelines,
so you have nothing to worry about.
We have agreed that 20% of the money will be for you, 10% will be donated
to the charity organization while 70% will be for me and my colleagues and
If you are going to help me, indicate by replying this letter and putting
in your PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
I await your immediate reply through this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
to enable us start this transaction in earnest. Once I receive your reply,I
will send you the Text of Application for immediate
Application of Claim.
Thanks for your anticipated assistance; I can assure you that this transaction
is 100% risk free.
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